Wedding Dance Tips

This section is not only for couples wishing to learn a wedding dance, but for anybody attending any kind of formal social event where they'd like to (or will be expected to) dance.

Thanks to the huge explosion of major TV shows featuring dance, it's never been more un-cool not to be able to dance.

And by now you've probably seen the clips on YouTube; it seems every wedding dance is getting more ambitious, outrageous and imaginative than the last.

So where does that leave you? You can't NOT dance at all. But do you really want to just shuffle about, trying not to step on the dress?

The thing is, you don't need to know that many dance steps to be able to dance enough to get through one song.

It doesn't have to be the kind of routine you see on TV with every move different from the last and the guys flinging the girls above their heads. I don't want anyone ending up face first in the cake...

Fear not. A few basic steps danced well and repeated is all you need.

And of course this goes for not only the bride and groom, but the parents, relatives and friends who will at some point all be dragged onto the dance floor.

I've made two dance class programs for complete beginners, one in Ballroom and one in Latin, so you can choose the tempo and style of dance that suits you the best.

They are incredibly effective, easy to do and perfect for your wedding dance.

In the extras section, you'll see that I've provided steps which add a bit of finesse to the basic routines, making them more suitable for a wedding dance.

By finesse, I mean changing the hold slightly so you show off your partner a little more, adding in some slightly more showy steps and then teaching you how to end the dance with a kiss in a nicely photogenic hold.

All things that are very simple to learn, and yet very effective. Your guests will certainly be impressed.

And as I said earlier, please don't think that a wedding dance has to be an intricate, complicated, professional level demonstration of a wide variety of steps. It doesn't.

Just as effective and impressive is a very simple routine, easily learnt, danced confidently and with feeling. So, three or four steps, danced well and repeated, will get you a great routine that's easy to follow and you can afford to dance with a little panache!

That's an easier thing to learn than you think and my programs demonstrate that.

OK, so now for some clips to get you in the mood.

Firstly, here's a very simple Foxtrot that would be the right timing to dance to any Big Band music (think Sinatra - brilliant for weddings). The guys and girls have all just learnt their individual steps, and here, we put them together so they can dance in hold position.

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Now that clip was taken just 10 minutes into the class, so hopefully that gives you and idea of just how quick it is to pick up these steps. 

And as you can see, the basic Foxtrot is just a couple of steps forward or backwards and a couple of steps to the side.  That's it!  No whirling or twirling or fast, flashy footwork.  Just a classy little walk across the floor.  Doesn't matter how many left feet you have, I'm sure you can tackle it.

Can a Latin dance be a Wedding dance?

Yep, no problem!

Hopefully, the clip above has put your mind to rest a little that learning the basic steps really is simple.

Build on that simple step with maybe two or three variations, like perhaps an easy turn, and there you have a very effective wedding dance routine that can smoothly be danced to virtually music.

However, if you fancy something a little different, why not try a Latin dance for your wedding dance? Latin dancing is a little sexier compared to the elegant Ballroom dancing and it's a faster beat which may fit with your music better.

It's just as easy to learn, though, as you will see. Again, here, I've just taught the guys and girls separately how to dance their individual basic step, and I'm now showing them how to dance the Swing with a partner.

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So, you've got two easy choices here.  A more formal and traditional Ballroom step and a looser, slightly faster step with the Latin.  There are small variations that you can make to both and therefore, between one of these two steps you should be able to hit on a simple routine that fits with your choice of music and the overall theme and styling of your wedding.

Both the basic steps demonstrated in the clips above build to complete routines in my DVDs. Both the routines include details such as a turn, and both programs contain bonus footage showing you how to finesse the dances to make them suitable for your wedding day by adding cute little touches and details and both end in a kiss for that all-important photo opportunity...

Get the classes here or read the guide to wedding dances for lots more tips and tricks to make the dance of your life even better…

I really hope you've found this section helpful and wish you all the good luck in the world on your happy day!

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